by Daniella Levy I am very much a self-taught writer. I had to be; my formal English language education more or less ended in fourth grade when I immigrated to Israel. I learned mostly from reading, writing, and getting feedback from my friends. The only writing book I read during my adolescence was Strunk… Read More 5 Great Creative Writing Tips (Which I Never Follow)
by Mark Sweney at the Guardian Consumer sales down to £204m last year and are at lowest level since 2011 – when Amazon Kindle sales first took off in UK Britons are abandoning the ebook at an alarming rate with sales of consumer titles down almost a fifth last year, as “screen fatigue” helped fuel a… Read More “Screen Fatigue” Sees UK eBook Sales Plunge 17% as Readers Return to Print
by Destine Williams Hey everybody! It’s Meditative Monday which means that it’s time for tea, coffee, thoughts, and me sounding more like a fortune cookie than usual. Over the weekend, I had time to celebrate with friends and family, but also I’ve had time to reflect on becoming an author and now I… Read More Lessons Learned from Finishing A Book
by Lev Raphael Working on my most recently published book, I ran into a significant problem. To move the novel forward, I needed my protagonist to have a confrontation with a minor character. I knew what this woman’s role was in the book and how she drove the plot forward. But the woman herself… Read More Writing Past a Problem
by Whitney Carter Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on creating a master worldbuilding worksheet. It’s taken so long because the list is so extensive – I hope to have it ready for both you and me in the coming weeks, but it occurred to me this morning as I began worldbuilding… Read More WorldBuilding: New World Essentials
by Kelsie Engen Do you plan your WIPs out? I don’t mean “do you outline” or know what you’re writing tomorrow. I mean, do you know your schedule for the next two years? Yep. I said years. I’m trying something a little different this year. I’ve been a “writer” for many years now,… Read More Putting the “Professional” in Professional Writer
by Samantha Fenton Not every rough draft is created equal. There are different ways of mind when writing the rough draft. Depending on your style, maybe your draft has taken forever to write. You just want to get it as perfect as possible. Or maybe the rough draft is just a chance to get the ideas on… Read More These are the 2 Types of Rough Drafts
by Mercy Pilkington at Good e-Reader If you’re a self-published author, writing your book is only half the battle. Some might even argue that it’s the easy part of being an author. Indies have been beaten over the head for years now about the need to hire professionals to take the manuscript and turn it into… Read More Amazon KDP Unveils Kindle Create Word Doc Conversion Tool
by Allison Maruska My son has always been above average on the growth curve. Now, having just turned twelve, he’s caught up to his grandmother. He’s tall. And she’s . . . less than tall…The boy is tall, and the mom is short. And yet, they’re the same height. The observations are accurate because… Read More Where Are You on The Writing Growth Curve?
by Jacqui Murray How do we characterize love in your writing? Because, if you’re a writer, you must. It doesn’t have to be sex but it has to take readers that direction, right to the edge of the cliff. Yes, you can leave the lurid details out, but let readers peek over the edge.